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Great Head Trail

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Address: Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME
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One of my favorite hikes

I hiked this trail on June 11, 2015 while on a roadtrip from PA. This was one of the only trails we hiked in Acadia, but I'm glad we chose this one. The views from this trail were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Alex A
Enola, Pennsylvania
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Enola, Pennsylvania
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155 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I hiked this trail on June 11, 2015 while on a roadtrip from PA. This was one of the only trails we hiked in Acadia, but I'm glad we chose this one. The views from this trail were just spectacular! Part of the trail was in the woods and part of it was on rock cliffs along the ocean. It... More 

Thank Alex A
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55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were looking for the Ocean Path trail and somehow found ourselves on this trail. We were so happy we did! There are definitely some rocks to negotiate as you hike and we saw some folks having difficulty (mostly inexperienced hikers or individuals with various physical abilities). The views were simply amazing and it was such a... More 

Thank Pgh15203
Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow! A very easy hike on one of the most beautiful trails in Acadia? Yes, please. Great Head Trail will take you to Great Head, an enormous rock structure that rivals Otter Cliffs in magnitude. Incredibly scenic views of Frenchman's Bay are the highlight of this enjoyable trail.

Thank Seth M
Blowing Rock, North Carolina, United States
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61 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Great Head trail starts out as a stroll through the woods, and then turns into a rocky path before it comes to some great views! Well worth a senior's time and effort. But, like all of Acadia's trails, it could use a bit more marking. We intended to make the entire loop, but somehow took the trail across at the... More 

Thank Earl D
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Great views! Not to difficult, but you will have to negotiate some rocks. Make sure to walk full circle for best views. Great places to stop and sit and just enjoy the beauty. Can access from Sand Beach.

Thank Debbie B
Tappahannock, Virginia
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309 reviews
108 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

You have to reasonably agile to do the circumnavigation of Great Head. Starting from the beach (geographically 9 o'clock) and going clockwise the trail is comfortable until one gets to the first headland (2 o'clock) - after that make sure you follow the blue paint marks on the rocks and on the trees! The navigation gets very confusing on the... More 

1 Thank northernneckinn
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

My husband and I hiked this "moderate" trail starting from Sand Beach which provided unforgettable views of the cliffs over the ocean. It took about an hour and a half to cover the trail with plenty of time for stops and pics. This trail might be considered challenging and I would not recommend it to the "flip flop" crowd. For... More 

2 Thank Ginny H
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I found this trail to be a lot more rugged than expected based on reviews and that's why I'm only grading it 3 stars. Lots of up and down and over rock faces. Plus we got a little lost and ended up returning on the part of the trail we started out on. Views unfortunately were hampered by fog and... More 

Thank Fifty5
Westville, Indiana
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156 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Reviewed by a middle aged, overweight flatlander. This trail can be accessed from the far side of Sand Beach. It's signed at the trailhead. It's supposed to be a 1.5 mile loop trail, but I got confused at the summit & we turned left instead of right. So..... instead of striking views of the ocean, we got a boring, but... More 

Thank CindyK48
Long Island, New York
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The trail was easily accessible from Sand Beach and is well marked. Although rated moderate it does involve some climbing of rocks that is not too difficult. There are great views at different locations on the trail. This is a very nice short hike.

Thank rvcalex

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